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4/13 IForum: Keeping and Attracting Young Professionals in CT

8 March 2012

The 2012 IForum series, organized by the Partnership for Strong Communities, continues with its third event on Friday, April 13. 

Connecticut’s Young Professionals
Can Communities Develop To Keep and Attract Them?


This event will feature a discussion of placemaking ideas proposed by young adults - " A New American Dream: Change is Not So Bad". This is a vehicle for young people themselves to deliver ideas to state and local policymakers, developers, businesses and the general public on how Connecticut can be a place where young adults choose to live. To sign on to this document or for more information, click here

Event Description:

It has been called “America’s Third Civil War”…

Connecticut – like every state – is competing to attract the skilled, educated young talent that in the coming years will staff its factories, lead its companies, build its communities and strengthen its families.

A harsh reality: Connecticut is the 7th oldest state in the nation.
We have lost a higher percentage of our 25-34-year-old population since 1990 than any states but Maine and New Hampshire. The demographic crunch as baby-boomers retire will affect the entire country – but Connecticut is poised for the most hardship, unless we turn this around quickly.

What will help Connecticut win that competition with other states? 
Affordable housing?  Cool neighborhoods and downtowns?  Mass transit?  Culture and entertainment?  Interesting jobs?  Strong companies?  Nimble leaders?  All of the above?

Friday, April 13, 2012
The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Coffee, pastry, conversation; 9:00 am – 11:30 am: Forum

Come hear young professionals, municipal and state policymakers, business leaders, planners and other experts discuss placemaking – the needed physical and social infrastructure that will make Connecticut an attractive place for a new generation to settle.  

The event will feature:

  • Kathryn Foster, Ph.D. - Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Kip Bergstrom - Deputy Commissioner, CT Dept. of Economic & Community Development
  • A panel of young Connecticut professionals, offering recommendations from a larger group of young pros convened before the event.
  • Municipal and business leaders from cities and towns around the state working to become magnets for the leaders of the future.

Event is free. We expect strong attendance. Register now:  (If you do not receive an email confirmation within 2 business days, please contact Laura Bachman at 860-244-0066.)

Click here for the event flyer.  

Click here to learn more information about the 2012 IForums.